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Biden's Daughter to Marry This Weekend

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Joe Biden has held many positions in his career as a U.S. senator, two-time presidential candidate, and vice president, but this weekend he will assume a new role: Father of the Bride.

The vice president is spending the week at his home in Wilmington, Del., as he prepares to walk his only daughter, Ashley, down the aisle there this Saturday.

“The vice president’s daughter is getting married… this weekend. And the vice president is hosting the reception at his house,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday. “As any father would, he takes this matter very seriously and looks forward to it with great happiness for his daughter and his future son-in-law.”

Carney did not, however, have any details on the dress.

Ashley is set to wed fiance Dr. Howard Krein, a Philadelphia ear, nose and throat doctor. News of Ashley’s engagement leaked last October, after her father reportedly referred to Krein in public as his “future son-in-law.”

The couple had been dating for roughly a year when the physician popped the question last September.

Ashley, 30, is the youngest of the vice president’s children and his only child with wife Dr. Jill Biden. The vice president has two sons, Beau and Hunter, from his marriage to Neilia Hunter Biden, who died in a car accident in 1972 along their 13-month-old daughter, Naomi.

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California Lawmaker Proposes Marriage on Assembly Floor

Sacramento Bee/Zuma(WATSONVILLE, Calif.) -- A California lawmaker used the floor of the state assembly this week not to propose legislation but to propose marriage instead to his girlfriend of seven years.

Assemblyman Luis Alejo, 38, a Democrat from Watsonville, Calif. was at Sacramento’s capital building on Monday for the presentation of awards to Latino leaders from the state.

Since it was his seventh anniversary seeing Karina Cervantez, 32, he had invited her to sit with him in the assembly hall for the ceremony, saying that he would introduce her to his colleagues.

He began Cervantez’s introduction by saying that she was completing her doctoral degree in social psychology at University of California Santa Cruz.  Then he took a personal turn. Alejo described Cervantez as the love of his life, best friend and smartest person he knows. And Cervantez knew this was no typical introduction.

“There was a little bit of panic in my face,” she told ABC News. “I was thinking, ‘Wow, this is really happening.’”

Sure enough, Alejo popped the question.

“It was a complete surprise,” Cervantez said. “I said yes right away, but I said yes very quietly just to him. And then he got on the microphone and announced it.”

“I became the happiest man alive when she said yes,” Alejo told ABC News.

He said he had been brainstorming how to pop the question for weeks when the perfect plan dawned on him.

“When you propose to the love of your life, it should be done at a special place and should only be done once in your lifetime,” he said. “Over the past few months, I was thinking where to have this special occasion take place to make it memorable and unforgettable. I decided there was not a better place than the floor of the state assembly.”

Alejo and Cervantez both come from migrant worker families, so he thought the location would be symbolic of their successes.

“For us, it’s like a dream come true just to be serving in this capacity at the state capital,” he said.

Alejo called Cervantez’s parents on Sunday night to ask for their blessing and they gave it to him -- sort of.

“They said, ‘That’s not for us to decide. Our daughter will decide. Call us back and let us know what she says,’” Alejo recalled with a laugh.

He wanted to keep his plans secret but checked with assembly officials to see if it would be alright.  He asked his seatmate, Assemblyman Bill Monning of Carmel, Calif., to hide the ring and hand it to him when the time came.

“I proposed to her at my desk on the floor. What a wonderful place, in front of all my colleagues and my mother who was there. There was no shortage of witnesses,” Alejo said. “I wanted to make it unforgettable and we certainly achieved that yesterday.”

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Newt Gingrich Pledges ‘Personal Fidelity to My Spouse’

Kris Connor/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Newt Gingrich, who has married three times, promised personal fidelity going forward and provided a lengthy written response to an Iowa social conservative group’s so-called “Marriage Vow.” But he did not sign the pledge.

“I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others,” Gingrich wrote in response to the Family Leader’s request for him to sign the 14-point pledge.

Gingrich also promised to “enforce the Defense of Marriage Act,” to support a “federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman” and to “oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman,” among other things.

The group’s leader, Bob Vander Plaats, an influential conservative in the state, said members of the organization were “pleased that Speaker Gingrich has affirmed our pledge and are thankful we have on record his statements regarding DOMA, support of a federal marriage amendment, defending the unborn, pledging fidelity to his spouse, defending religious liberty and freedom, supporting sound pro-family economic issues, and defending the right of the people to rule themselves.”

While Gingrich affirmed the principles in the Family Leader’s pledge, he declined to sign it.

“Speaker Gingrich did not sign the pledge, but provided his written response affirming the principles laid out in the Marriage Vow,” according to a statement from the group.

Family Leader’s “Marriage Vow -- A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” equates same-sex marriage with bigamy and polygamy and calls on candidates to promise to be faithful to their spouses.

The two-page pledge includes a “Declaration of Dependence on Marriage and Family” that blames several factors for the deterioration of traditional marriage including “quickie divorce” and unmarried couples living together. The pledge also describes homosexuality as a choice and not genetic.

As the Iowa group points out, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum are the only candidates who have officially signed the pledge. So far, the other GOP candidates have declined.

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Romney Pressed on Same-Sex Marriage at New Hampshire Town Hall

Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call(HOPKINTON, N.H.) -- It was all about the social issues at Mitt Romney’s second town hall of the day Monday evening, where he was asked about his view on same-sex marriage so many times that he stopped responding to the questions altogether.

The first question came from a young woman in the audience who asked, “Why is it that you feel that marriage between a man and a man or a woman and a woman is lesser than a marriage between a man and a woman?”

“I think the ideal setting to raise a child for a society like ours is where there is a man and a woman in the marriage,” Romney responded. “So I think as a society we are wise to encourage marriage between a man and a woman for the purpose of raising our kids.”

A few questions later another young woman followed up on his answer and asked why being raised by two women like she was -- her grandmother and her mother raised her -- was any different from being raised by a man and a woman.

“I can say, look there are a lot of folks who get raised by one parent … but in my view a society recognizes that the ideal setting for raising a child is when you have the benefit of two people working together and when one is male and one is female,” Romney said. “That’s why as a society we say we’re going to call marriage what it has been called for 6,000 years or longer -- a relationship between one man and one woman.”

But the questions didn’t stop there. Right away another woman asked Romney about civil unions, to which he said he supported domestic partnerships that would provide couples the ability for hospital visitation rights.

Then, turning to another woman in the audience with her hand raised to ask a question, Romney quipped, “Yes, just so long as -- no, go ahead, but if it’s the same question I don’t have a new answer.” And it was.

“I was raised by two dads,” the woman said. “That’s really offensive to me and I just want to know why you feel it is not right for my dads to be able to walk down the aisle.”

“I’ve answered that question,” Romney said, calling on another audience member immediately.

Romney was also asked several times during the 45-minute town hall -- one of his shortest ever -- about AIDS funding, to which he said he would not commit a specific amount of money without considering the cost in the context of the entire budget. When individuals in the audience kept asking questions about AIDS Romney eventually responded, “I’ve got nothing more for you on that.”

And then there was the 8-year-old boy who asked Romney what his stance on abortion is.

“That’s a question I did not expect from you, but I’m happy I got it,” responded Romney, laughing.

“I am pro-life, I am pro-life and what I’d like to see happen, this is a tender and sensitive issue and good people come out on both sides of this issue and so I respect people who have different views on the issue,” he said.

“What I’d like to see happen is for the Supreme Court to say we’re going to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states the authority to decide if they want abortion in their states,” Romney said.

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Conservative Group Under Fire over Slavery Comment

Brendan Smialowski/Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After two presidential candidates signed onto a pledge supporting traditional marriage values, the pledge’s sponsor retracted a part of the vow that suggested African-American children were better off under slavery.

The Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative activist group, removed a sentence Saturday from the introduction of their “Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family” that said: "Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was the first to sign the pledge Friday followed closely by fellow candidate Rick Santorum.

Whoopi Goldberg was outraged by the pledge on Monday’s The View saying the slavery reference was “a stupid allegation.”

“You don’t know anything about how slaves raised their kids or why people work together,” Goldberg said. “Just don’t add stuff like that if you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

A Bachmann spokesperson told Politico Saturday that the congresswoman only signed onto the “candidate vow” portion of the pledge, which has no mention of slavery.

"In no uncertain terms, Congresswoman Bachmann believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible,” Bachmann’s campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told Politico.

Bachmann “stands behind the candidate vow -- which makes absolutely no reference to slavery." Stewart added.

The candidate vow portion asks signers to reject same-sex marriage, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, outlaw pornography and reject anti-women Islamic Sharia law.

Santorum said politicians should vow to be faithful to their wives, as the first provision of the candidate vow states. Those who are not faithful cause people to “disrespect and disregard members of Congress,” Santorum said in a Sunday interview on CNN.

“When I first read it I was taken aback. I can’t argue that I wasn’t, but I understand why they’re saying it,” he said. “If we can’t count on you to be faithful to those closest to you how can we count on you to be faithful to those of us you represent?”

Neither Santorum’s nor Bachmann’s campaign was immediately available for comment.

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